How MRP Systems Assist Companies Operating an Automated Machining Service?
Appropriate to manufacturing businesses & companies operating an automated machining service of any regard, Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems, in basic terms are designed to manage manufacturing processes whilst working to lean-manufacturing principles and ensuring on-time delivery. MRP’s exist typically as a suite of software incorporating production planning, inventory management, customer relationship management (CRM) and schedule management of each facet of the manufacturing business.
Commitment to Customer Satisfaction – The Requirement for MRP Systems to Manage an Automated Machining Service
Di-Spark have changed focus over the years from a tool making company to the supplier of a world-class, sub-con automated machining service. Operations have evolved over the years to the high-tech facility we currently operate, moving from basic or no automation during the 1970’s towards the highly automated facility in place now. With each machining process capable of multi-operations – typically with robot arm tool changes, and a wide gamut of machining processes to utilise, precise management of these tools is essential to remain profitable and competitive, whilst ensuring that world-class components, parts and mechanical sub-assemblies are delivered on-time to our customers. Add into the mix 24 hour operation, AS9100c quality, a rapid-response automated machining service and a just-in-time automated machining service for customers that require such levels of manufacturing excellence, and it becomes very evident that schedule management, material & supply chain management, product & material inventory management and quality management are key to success.
How Does an MRP Improve Customer Satisfaction?
- By maintaining an informed knowledge of material requirements appropriate to production planning and required product inventory levels, over-stock can be avoided – thereby maintaining ‘appropriately minimum levels’ of material and avoiding costly over-stock.
- By monitoring all aspects of inventory to ensure that stock levels are maintained above an acceptable limit, appropriate to planned schedules and customer requirements.
- By planning the most efficient production route for a component, part or mechanical sub-assembly, the part can be manufactured to the highest quality, using an appropriate combination of automated machining service processes & operations, with minimal material wastage and within a lean production schedule.
- By foreseeing bottlenecks in production or supply chain and planning ahead to remove the effects of such circumstances.
- By using MRP planning systems to schedule all parts across the business and notifying customers if components can be delivered early or late. This communication ensures that the customer can schedule and evaluate the risk and if necessary place the component on a critical path.
- By ensuring that all aspects of manufacturing processes and operational procedures are planned and approved by management on an ongoing basis.
- By the provision of tools to assist communication, development and maintenance of supply chains and assist proactive use of supply chain initiatives, such as the SC21 Supply Chain Improvement Programme for aerospace, defence, security and space.
To summarise, a correctly implemented MRP system – as part of an automated machining service removes unnecessary waste, reduces inventory costs, mitigates the effects of bottlenecks, assists quality control by removing the possibility of human error and ensures high quality product delivered on-time.
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